I guess I’m slowly becoming a believe in this.
If the Republicans want to hike taxes, they should have the guts to say so in an open vote.
Because, deep down, I know that they all want to do this. I know that they are all a bunch of inside-the-beltway tax and spenders, and the only way they ever vote with the people is if we have a hammer in one hand and a club in the other.
If we let them raise these taxes through the back door by voting "Present", we will be giving them exactly what they wanted all along, and further we will be telling them that that hammer and club we have been waving around all this time is just for show. They will never do the right thing again (after arranging to be "forced" into various traps more often then an old episode of The Perils of Pauline)